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UT Rallies Behind Movement for AI Education

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is one of 10 universities joining the AI Education Project, or aiEDU, in a historic call to bring artificial intelligence education to every K-12 student in America.

Lynne Parker.

Lynne Parker

“Students from all geographic regions of the country deserve access to cutting-edge AI education that will prepare them for the workforce of the future. The University of Tennessee embraces its land-grant mission and aims to connect every Tennessean with education innovations that align with 21st-century workforce needs,” said Lynne Parker, associate vice chancellor and director of the AI Tennessee Initiative.

The mission of aiEDU is to support students in becoming thriving workers, consumers, creators, and citizens in the age of AI.

UT’s participation in the project, carried out in conjunction with the AI Tennessee Initiative, is being led by Parker and three colleagues from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences—Lynn Hodge, professor of mathematics education and head of the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education; Josh Rosenberg, assistant professor of STEM education and faculty fellow at the Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Sciences; and Sukanya Moudgalya, assistant professor of STEM education learning, design, and technology.

Designed to increase UT’s funded research and expand the number of students developing interdisciplinary skills and competencies related to AI, the AI Tennessee Initiative seeks to position the university and the state of Tennessee as national and global leaders in the data-intensive knowledge economy.

“Critical to workforce needs is AI literacy. Our AI Tennessee Initiative is excited to leverage the resources and opportunities the aiEDU education movement provides,” said Parker. “Through relevant and practical AI education, we will empower students in communities across Tennessee to achieve their dreams and create a better future in the age of AI.”

The project includes dozens of catalyzing partners advancing the national AI education movement.

About the AI Education Project

The AI Education Project is a nonprofit organization that creates equitable learning experiences that excite and empower students with AI literacy. Founded in 2019, aiEDU advances the belief that everyone—especially those who are likely to be disproportionately impacted by AI systems—should have access to the conceptual knowledge and skills they need to thrive as workers, creators, consumers and citizens.

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